Pittsburgh is climbing the culinary charts with local chefs, innovative restaurants and a cool food scene that is being noticed around the country and the world. Zagat named Pittsburgh the best food city of 2015 and National Geographic Traveller recently praised the city’s culinary scene as a reason to visit in 2017.

IABC Heritage Region Conference attendees will have the chance to sample some of the most talked about foods and restaurants during the ever popular Dine Around on Monday evening, October 8. Join a local host and network with fellow communicators to taste the best of Pittsburgh at one of 10 restaurants that have been hand chosen for their delectable cuisine. Be sure to sign up early at the registration table at conference.


Siena Mercato | il Mezzo

Cuisine: Italian

Location: 942 Penn Avenue – Cultural District, downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

As the “middle” level of a three-tier restaurant, Mezzo offers a showcase of gourmet Italian fare in a warm, farm-inspired space — featuring house made charcuterie, cheese plates, wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas and small dishes, and fine wines. After dinner, you can enjoy a cool libation at Il Tetto, the restaurant’s rooftop beer garden with a retractable glass roof.


Las Velas                                   

Cuisine: Mexican

Location: 21 Market Square – downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is the first restaurant of owner and chef David Montanez, who was born and raised in Mexico City before moving to the Riviera Maya where his cooking was further influenced by the local cuisine and culture. Las Velas includes a fun atmosphere, excellent bar options, a view of Market Square, and a flavorful menu of authentic recipes inspired by both Mexico City and the Riviera Maya.


Meat & Potatoes

Cuisine: Gastropub

Location: 649 Penn Avenue – Cultural District, downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

“Meat and Potatoes” are generally the stand-in for “bread and butter” as shorthand for the staples we need to function. With that thought in mind Chef Richard Deshantz had the desire to enhance his culinary vision by opening up a second restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. Chef Richards’ favorite type of food is simple and approachable; it is the type of food that a chef would eat after a busy day at work. Meat & Potatoes, Pittsburgh’s first gastropub, was born in the spring of 2011.



Cuisine: American

Location: 960 Penn Avenue – Cultural District, downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

Ten Penny features an expansive menu in a comfortable setting. Rustic whitewashed brick, handsome wrought iron, sturdy Acacia wood, and pops of color throughout add to the overall classic, yet modern atmosphere. The perfect gathering place for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, cocktails or a romantic nightcap.


The Commoner

Cuisine: Gastropub

Location: 458 Strawberry Way – downtown, inside Kimpton Hotel Monaco (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

At the gastropub, the owners don’t distinguish between commoners and kings; they just want to feed the good people of Pittsburgh. Located adjacent to the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, the Commoner is an homage to the Steel City’s industrial past, with an interior by New York’s Mark Zeff Design Company featuring work by local artisans and a bar designed with Pittsburgh’s legendary sports fans in mind. Their love for local extends to the menu, which showcases Pennsylvania products like PA Noble cave-aged cheddar, Castle Valley Mills cornmeal and locally ranched meats from Starr Valley Farms and Elysian Fields.



Cuisine: Cajun/Creole

Location: 24 Market Square – downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

Nola on the Square is a New Orleans Jazz Brasserie located on beautifully renovated Market Square. A breathtaking transformation of the storied 1902 Landmark Tavern, a Nouveau Creole menu, live jazz and blues music Friday and Saturday evenings all contribute to that Big Easy vibe. From shrimp po’boy to crispy fried alligator, you’ll find something down-home and delicious there.



Cuisine: Greek/Seafood

Location: PPG 2: Market Square – downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

A bright and airy Aegean Estiatorio in Market Square, Poros features a large bar that has become one of Pittsburgh’s best happy hour destinations. The menu is comprised of “Mezze” — small plates — and focuses on the freshest seafood from the Aegean Sea and the finest lamb from two renowned local farms with many vegetarian and vegan options.


The Shiloh Grill

Cuisine: American/Bar

Location: 123 Shiloh Street – Mt. Washington (short drive or Uber ride)

Reservation: 6:45 p.m.

Come for the view — stay for the bacon. Located on Mount Washington, which overlooks downtown Pittsburgh’s  iconic “point” convergence of three rivers and is repeatedly named as one of the best city views in the United States, the Shiloh Grill serves up American fare in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The goals: to provide a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with great beers, stiff drinks, quality food made on-premise in portions that represent value, and to offer service that will leave you wanting nothing more but your server’s phone number and a recording of Ravel’s Bolero!



Cuisine: Sushi/Hibachi

Location: 1611 East Carson Street – Southside (short drive or Uber ride)

Reservation: 6:45 p.m.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Pittsburgh’s historic South Side is a hip, trendy scene where patrons can enjoy the knife wielding skill & showmanship of hibachi chefs and an award-winning cuisine.


August Henry’s City Saloon

Cuisine: American/Burgers

Location: 946 Penn Avenue – Cultural District, downtown (walkable)

Reservation: 6:30 p.m.

August Henry’s is Pittsburgh’s city saloon known for its huge beer list, ample cocktails, and great food. Owner and long-time restaurateur Todd August Mathias named his restaurant after his great grandfather, who came to Pittsburgh to capitalize on the city’s booming industrial economy. Today, join them in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District for lunch, dinner or a late-night bite. They will make you feel like a welcomed regular. You’ll love the casual, fun atmosphere; friendly and helpful staff; and thumbs-up favorites like Sweet Potato Chicken Salad, Pittsburgh Chicken Cheesesteak, Penn Avenue Pot Roast, and, of course, big and juicy gourmet burgers.